Sometimes as an atheist I forget what it is like to think like a Christian. To understand crazies, psychologists will explore the complex abyss of the mind. They try to understand the way they think to gain insight into how their minds tick. So since I couldn't remember what that was like I thought I would delve into the mind of a Christian and try and understand how they think. So I picked a pastor that I used to enjoy learning from. None other than Pastor Rick Warren. Me and my wife read his book, A Purpose Driven Life, together, so I thought, why not?
I figured I would come across bat shit crazy ideas about suffering, gays, heaven, hell, sin, etc... But to my amazement he really doesn't go into much detail about anything. His "insights" into Christian doctrine are all really vague and indistinct. I am used to the colorful imagery of John Hagee, Mark Driscoll, Rod Parsley, et al. So to see his lack of graphic doctrinal illustration, I was a bit perplexed and befuddled. Maybe this was done intentionally, I don't know, but something did catch my eye as somewhat pecuilar.
What caught my eye was his explanation and definition of hell. He called it Separation. I know this divergent form of thought isn't anything new but I guess I never really thought of its implacations before. So I started thinking about it. And the more and more I did, the more and more it became laughable.
Considering I already am enjoying my life separated from God, I don't see it the least bit frightening. To most atheists, being eternally separated from God would be absolutely sublime. So it left me wondering, "And this is a bad thing because...?"
So to all the Christians out there I would like to know how you get hell being "eternally separated" from God and how that is worse than a literal lake of fire?